The Problem of Presupposition: Part 2

Recently, I wrote an article on the problem of presupposition and ultimately fallacy amongst progressive liberals.  From my experience, it is very difficult to understand, let alone reason with the liberal-minded of today because of their core belief system and their fundamental commitment to that ideology.

Of course, any ideology has a core belief system upon which an individual and/or group evaluates other belief systems and commitments. In a general sense, the aversion that conservatives and liberals have towards each other is rooted in their fundamental and often opposing presuppositions and their commitment to those presuppositions.

Before I venture further into this subject matter, I would like to offer a working definition of presupposition courtesy of another blogger on WordPress.

What is a presupposition?

So what is a presupposition? A presupposition is a core belief or core commitment that we use to evaluate other beliefs or commitments. “Pre” in this sense is not “pre” as in prior in time, as if you make up your mind beforehand. Instead, it means “pre” as in basis or eminence. A presupposition is foundational to your other beliefs and provides a basis or framework for your other beliefs. Additionally, a presupposition is not a matter of the mind only – it’s not a hypothesis or a purely cognitive supposition. It is a commitment – a matter of the mind and heart.

Jed Kampen, A Day in His Court

In many ways, I wish I had referred to Kampen’s article earlier. As one can readily ascertain from the provided definition, a person’s presuppositions are NOT something he or she decides beforehand, a matter of hypothesis or mental reasoning only, but a bonafide commitment to a worldview upon which they view or filter everything else.

This alone should bring more understanding, and perhaps a little humility into our discussion of political ideology. Now, for the sake of brevity, I will not delve into what core values constitute liberalism versus conservatism. Once again, Google is your friend here. I can personally recommend the many articles on Wikipedia concerning the aforementioned as a good starting point.

I mentioned in a previous post, that as a younger person, many of the liberal issues surrounding individual rights, like freedom of religion and conscience and freedom of speech, appealed to me as a Christian or follower of Christ. Likewise, some of the community aspects of modern socialism, including caring for the poor and disenfranchised, appeared to be very similar to my own Christian belief system. Included in that were the sociocultural elements of growing up, at least in part, in a small farming community in western Canada, where faith, the Church, and socialist politics (New Democrat Party, i.e. the NDP) were an integral part of life.

It is my understanding that many of our core values, including our belief system, are instilled in us at a very early age.

Unlike more than a few of my peers in college and university, my core values and commitment to Christ was stronger than I thought. When I encountered the myriad of contrary and contradicting ideologies in a radical socialist university setting, I was not as easily swayed as some of my fellow students. I take no credit for that – I attribute that to the sovereignty and purpose of God in my life.

Many were young, their minds were ripe for the picking by less-than-scrupulous liberal and socialist ideologues who sought to remake them (us) in their image.

Truth be told, I “went to war” against more than one of my professors on matters of morality and ethics, only to suffer some ostracism from a few classmates and retaliation from professors (or TA’s) when it came to marking my essays and exams.

So much for free thinking and open debate in university. The politically correct police were alive and well on campus, even back in the early 1980’s. It might be interesting to note that both the Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church had colleges on campus, neither of which I chose to enrol in. Nevertheless, more than one of the aforementioned liberal-minded socialist professors were tenured at either one of those colleges. No surprise there, but bitterly disappointing to me at the time.

It did not take me long to figure out that modern socialism is rooted in secular humanism, and by definition is Godless. That small community of farmers, mentioned earlier, supported socialism and voted NDP because it benefitted them economically at that time. Nothing more, nothing less. Of course, things have changed over the last 35 years or so. The socialist politics of yesterday have been swept away and replaced with conservatism almost universally in our province. The holdouts are unionists and those who depend on social services and the gravy train, especially those living in the more remote northern regions of the province.

Although modern liberalism is also rooted in secular humanism, there has been more tolerance and latitude for belief systems such as Christianity and its inherit morality and ethics. Unfortunately, what was true two or three decades ago in Canada, is no longer true today. As alluded to in an earlier post, somewhere along the line, liberalism expunged morality and ethics from its core values, at least in terms of absolute morality and ethics. Many of us who were once liberals, and Christian, have now sought shelter amongst conservatives.

Our nation has moved from legalizing abortion to euthanasia (physician assisted suicide). Politicians, lawyers, and judges have diluted the legal definition of marriage and family to something almost unrecognizable. The powers that be have chipped away, eroded, and limited freedom of speech. Political leaders are antagonizing the very principles of freedom of religion and conscience by repeatedly caving in to specific religious special interest groups. Just about anything in our culture that represents Christianity is under attack in the public realm by the aforementioned, amongst others. To disagree with an ideology, other than Christianity (apparently it is Ok to target Christians) and to question the morality and ethics of individuals or groups is to invite a barrage of vitriol and hatred, or worse.

Why do the aforementioned hate anyone or anything that would shine a light on that which is hidden in the darkness of their hearts and minds? Because they are as wholeheartedly committed to their ideology as I am to mine.

The question is “who is right?” Which ideology is vastly superior to the other? These are the questions we should be asking rather than just assuming (based on presuppositions) that all political and religious philosophies or ideologies are equal.

Nothing could be further from the truth. 🙂

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I was born for such a time as this…

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The gull sees farthest who flies highest.

Yesterday, I was listening to a podcast about fake news and the current “popular” media debate on the First Amendment in the United States. We seem to be living in a time in history where both the First and Second amendments in the US constitution are under attack. If you have no idea what I am referring to, that is OK – Google is your friend.

From my perspective, a whole lot of presuppositions existed in that hyped-up podcast, a small offshoot of a major news network. The biggest presupposition or fable is that we are living in rapidly changing times, and that either we get on the “right” side of history or we will be left behind socially, culturally, politically, etc.

What a bunch of horse shit! It is obvious to anyone with reasonable intelligence and world travel experience, outside of their own little Columbia university alumni circle, that the entire world is NOT rapidly changing, as they say, but moving along at a rather slow turtle-like pace.

Most inhabitants on the planet like it that way – peaceful, predictable, and enduring.

The majority of the world’s population has not bought into the new wave of progressive liberalism as served up by the New York Times (NYT) and/or other social libertarian rags in the West. In fact, the majority of planet earth has not even read the NYT. Oh, for the love of foosball, many of the earth’s inhabitants don’t even own a TV, let alone have unrestricted high-speed access to the internet.

No, the truth is that the “rapidly changing society” disinformation is another falsehood propagated and disseminated by the liberal media in the West. For those addicted to their phones and social media, it may appear that universal society is out-of-control and in desperate need of a “good” injection of progressive liberalism to cure it.

Nothing could be farther from the truth! Ordinary people everywhere are living their lives just like they did centuries ago.

Eat, sleep, work, rinse, repeat.

Most of us in the West do not give a rat’s ass about what is happening amongst the inbred society of the politically correct. We are too busy involved in working, raising our families, and paying exorbitant taxes to support the discombobulated liberal agenda and their muppets and puppets who have nothing better to do than protest and bellyache all day long, 24-7.

I was born for such a time as this…I relish the opportunity to dispel the myths of that loud-mouthed group of miscreants known as progressive liberals.

Get a life, get a real job, and start contributing to Western society instead of your infantile and futile attempts to burn it to the ground.

You will be assimilated; resistance is futile 🙂

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The Moral Superiority of a Free Market: Margaret Thatcher

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Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Margaret Thatcher, in my opinion, was one of the greatest leaders in Western society in the last century. She was known as the “Iron Lady” and probably had as many detractors as she did supporters. She was a strong proponent of a free market economy and her decisions as Prime Minister of Britain led to a time of considerable prosperity for England, much to the chagrin and confusion of union leaders and the left-wing media. The political and social combination of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher was a one-two punch in the face of socialism and the aggressive infiltration, influence and expansion of communism in Western society.

We are living in a time in North America where socialism, and it’s extreme, communism, is rearing its ugly head once again. The extent that the immoral assumption(s) of socialism has affected the hearts and minds of a younger generation (Millennials) in our nation(s) is appalling to many of us who would have been considered liberals some twenty years ago. My generation fought for the individual freedoms and rights of our respective societies, including the right to Freedom of Speech, only to have those rights spurned upon by a younger generation that predominantly does not truly think for themselves. They tend to jump on the bandwagon of socialism and communism, not willing to sincerely look and learn from history, nor truly reason through their often disingenuous and volatile belief system(s).

Many of us have grown up and matured in our social, religious, and political viewpoints. Is it any surprise that many Baby Boomers and Gen-X’ers have turned to social and political conservatism as a “safe place” to strengthen and maintain that which we fought for so hard as young liberals? I think not!

The following statement from Margaret Thatcher pretty well sums up her views on socialism versus a free market economy:

There were, she declared, “only two political philosophies, only two ways of governing a country. One is the Socialist-Marxist way in which what matters is not the people but the State. In which decisions affecting people’s lives are taken from them, instead of being taken by them. In which property and savings are taken from the people instead of being more widely held among them. In which directives replace incentives. In which the State is the master of the individual, instead of the servant.” The other, she said, was, “A free economic system” which “not only guarantees the freedom of each individual citizen, it is the surest way to increase the prosperity of the nation as a whole.”

Original article from forbes.com

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Oblivious…because you want to?

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You want to burn true freedom to the ground?

Oblivious to the reality that you are merely a clown.

You want to be a radicalized socialist hero?

Oblivious to the reality that you are merely a zero.

 

You want to be a soldier fighting for the left?

Oblivious to the reality that you are merely bereft.

You want to destroy history as we know it?

Oblivious to the reality that you will merely blow it.

 

You want to annihilate truth from our nation?

Oblivious to the reality that you are merely a predation.

You want to declare war on all that is good?

Oblivious to the reality that you are merely falsehood.

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Advice is a Form of Nostalgia

Baz Luhrmann said it best when he wrote the Sunscreen song:

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

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Meaningless words…

People speak about love,

what they mean is lust.

People speak about commitment,

what they mean is convenience. 

People speak about cooperation,

what they mean is personal agenda.

People speak about humility,

what they mean is hidden pride.

People speak about judging,

what they mean is hypocrisy.

People speak about truth,

what they mean is falsehood.

People speak about wealth,

what they mean is poverty.

People speak about change,

what they mean is maintaining the status quo.

People speak about integrity,

what they mean is corruption.

People speak about peace,

what they mean is war.

People speak about freedom,

what they mean is slavery.

People speak about rules,

what they mean is control.

People speak about leadership,

what they mean is subjugation.

People speak about unity,

what they mean is conformity.

People speak about volunteering,

what they mean is unpaid labour.

People speak about facts,

what they mean is opinions.

People speak about beauty,

what they mean is perception.

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A Reasonable Decision Against Common Sense?

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Almost my entire life I have been confronted and affronted by people who thought they knew what was best for my life. Although many of these individuals meant well, their misguided advice only served either to insult me or enslave me to the various cultural “norms” of Canadian society. Although I love and respect some of these individuals, their advice, on occasion, was not necessarily in my best interest, but was rather a preprogrammed notion or desire of their own to be lived out in my personal life. In fact, by the time I finished high school I had it up to my “eyeballs” with the unsolicited advice of others. It was about then when I realized that everyone one of us has some sort of agenda in life, not only for ourselves, but, unfortunately for others.

A lesson I need to take to heart as an “advisor” to my young adults today.

I find it interesting when I come across people who are conformists to the letter “C”, especially when it comes to following the preprogrammed expectations and norms of Canadian society. Even the “rebels” of our society often follow an obvious preprogrammed script, as it were.

During the time I worked in the Northern part of our province, predominantly amongst the Aboriginal and Metis people, I was continually amazed at how many of the youth had taken on the Gangsta Rap or Hardcore Rap culture that, as far as I understand, originated predominantly amongst African Americans in the USA. They talked the talk and walked the walk of a Rapper, not realizing that they were simply conforming to another sub-culture of American society. Somebody, somewhere was getting filthy rich at their expense.

Granted, life on the Northern reserves and some of the more isolated Metis communities, for lack of a better descriptor, is absolutely tragic. My words would do no justice in describing the poverty and despair that I witnessed. Alcohol and drug abuse, overcrowded housing, violent crime, incest and other forms of sexual abuse, the list is almost endless. In fact, one small community that I worked in had the highest rate of teenage suicide in the country. The population of the town was only 5000 including the peripheral reserve communities.

As a civil servant working in the field of Communications for a Northern health district, I felt it was part of my responsibility to keep the general public informed as to the tragedies occurring all around me. Yet, more often than not, I would face obstacles, gag orders, and even threats NOT to publish the facts, from my perspective, by the powers that be. As a non-partisan civil servant, there is not a whole lot of wiggle room. I had no choice but to conform and comply to government orders and demands. Eventually, I would see a general press release put out to the public that obscured the real issues and made the political leaders smell like a rose.

Of course, there was always somebody in the health district who was willing to leak incomplete or even non-factual stories to the press and the local press would eagerly run with it. Fact checking was overlooked in favour of sensationalism. Besides, it would reveal the source(s) of the leaks. I always found that unethical and distasteful. Tracking down the source of the leaks could never be a rewarding experience either, and I did not envy those who were assigned to that task.

I am very thankful I made the decision, a number of years ago, to return to my home to be with my family on a regular basis. I took on mind-numbing job(s) in the city for another few years before I made the decision to move towards the crossroads of semi-retirement. Sometimes the things that we witness and experience just aren’t worth the cost to our emotional health including personal peace and joy.

Looking back, I now know that God Himself was leading and guiding me back to a place of peace and contentedness. There’s no place like home 🙂

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